Definition of courtly in English:

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courtly

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrtlē/

adjective (courtlier, courtliest)

1Polished or refined, as befitting a royal court: he gave a courtly bow
More example sentences
  • Thus the most elaborate arrangements pertained to the royal or courtly bath culture.
  • Literate North India, for its part, laments the transformation of a Delhi that was once a byword for elegant poetry, Mughal manners and courtly civilisation.
  • Taking a moment, he opened the doors for them, helping them out and giving each a courtly bow and a gentle kiss on the cheek.
Synonyms
2Given to flattery; obsequious.

Derivatives

courtliness

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrtlēnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • The occasional courtliness of his manner has produced many forgettable poems, but he has no nostalgia for or tolerance of the disastrous grand narratives of the masters of Modernism.
  • The Italian greets me with great courtliness: first relieving me of my burdens, then bowing gracefully, his lips remaining just a hair's breadth above my extended hand.
  • I bet it also gave him an air of courtliness that helped him get people to talk - the kind he wanted to hear.

Words that rhyme with courtly

portly

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Syllabification: court·ly

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